Angélica W., JD
Angelica was born to migrant farm workers who eventually settled in NC. From a young age, she witnessed injustices in the farm worker community that instilled in her a high sense of commitment to the struggle for social justice. She has been involved in several social justice movements that include immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality. Prior to joining, Our VOICE, Angélica worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their Immigrant Outreach Specialist and Pisgah Legal Services as their Bilingual Court Advocate.Angélica has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives in Asheville with her wonderful husband and their beautiful daughter.
Valerie has worked for social justice issues since graduating from Emory University with a Master’s Degree in Theology in 1996. Her first role was as a shelter manager for a domestic violence agency in Knoxville, TN. She became interested in non-profit administration and development in subsequent roles, and moved to the Asheville area as the Executive Director of Helpmate, Inc. (a domestic violence agency), where she served for 13 years. She joins Our VOICE to support the agency through a period of significant growth and change. She lives in Candler with her husband and a couple of spoiled dogs.
Aiyanna moved to Asheville in 2007 from New York City, where she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in writing and human sciences. Since then and through 2015, she worked as a Contributing Writer & Marketing Associate for the Mountain Xpress newspaper, where she wrote articles on social and environmental justice issues affecting the community, and strove to empower the voices of leaders and artists working to create change, consciousness and mindfulness on a local level. In marketing, Aiyanna worked to promote civic engagement through conscious consumer activism while representing clients across Western North Carolina to developed custom advertising campaigns that express their mission, voice and commitments. Aiyanna is thrilled to join the Our VOICE team as the Development Coordinator. As a part-time member of the development team, she’s committed to sustaining Our VOICE’s vital work to serve survivors and prevent sexual assault from happening in the first place. In her free time, Aiyanna tends to her honeybee hives, loves to garden and grow food, practices yoga, and is a student of permaculture design. She continues to work as a contributing writer for Mountain Xpress, and for Mother Earth News.com.
Daniel L. “Danny”
Client Intake Coordinator
Danny moved to Asheville from Cleveland, OH in 2008 to be closer to family and the beautiful mountains of WNC. Born and raised in Northeastern Tennessee, he spent his adult years between high school and college engaging in anti-racism and sexual violence prevention activism. Danny volunteered for many years at OurVOICE as a prevention educator and an advocate before joining the staff in 2012 as Volunteer Coordinator. He spent the summer of 2015 travelling in Mexico and Peru before returning to OurVOICE as Client Intake Coordinator for the Family Justice Center. Danny loves to spend time hiking, reading books, cooking healthy meals, and playing music. He is also in school full time and plans to eventually obtain a Masters in Social Work.
Client Intake Coordinator
Lily graduated from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Social Work. Here, she focused on client-empowerment practices in the human service sector. Before joining Our VOICE, Lily worked with children and families after incidences of abuse and neglect. Throughout schooling, she worked closely with Spanish-speaking communities facilitating English classes at their places of work, schools, and churches. These experiences helped shape Lily’s understanding of institutional and social systems that perpetuate injustice. She also interned with the grants management department at the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC where she communicated with internationally stationed volunteers and community partners around their development projects. Raised between Annapolis, MD and Quito, Ecuador, Lily loves living in the vibrant community that is Asheville. She is passionate about inclusive and accessible programs that foster community and capacity building and is thrilled to join the team. In her free time, Lily enjoys playing soccer, doing yoga, and spending time with her family.
Bass has been involved in advocacy and education since 2010, when he began volunteering for Our VOICE as a crisis advocate. Throughout his upbringing in Singapore, Bass developed an appreciation for food culture and community resource development. He received his undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College, which is where he began his career in social justice oriented work. Bass enjoys walks with his bloodhound, Buck, and finding grand adventures with his encouraging partner.
Rebecca W., Ph.D., LPC
Rebecca has been interested in work with Latino families and womens’ issues throughout her career. In 1994 she spent several months in Ecuador completing field research with Las Hermanas Adoratrices, culminating in a senior thesis on feminine identity in that community. Rebecca double majored in Anthropology and Elementary Education at Guilford College, with minors in Latin American and folklore studies. She moved to Asheville in 1995 to teach Spanish and ESL in the city schools, and began volunteering for Our Voice in 2001 while working on her master’s in counseling at Western Carolina University. She completed her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education (with a specialty in human development and family studies) from UNCG in 2006. During and after her studies she worked with Latino families with infants and toddlers through the NC Early Intervention program, and began a bilingual private practice serving women, children, and their families. She currently specializes in work with mothers, helping them prevent or recover from perinatal depression, negotiate parenting issues, and heal from past traumas. Rebecca teaches master’s level counseling classes at Lenoir Rhyne University, and is thrilled to join the Our Voice team. She lives in Asheville with her husband and their 2 children, and enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and knitting.
Zac T., MS, LPCA
Zac has been a resident of Asheville since 2008, and loves living in this community. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. He discovered early on in his career as a counselor that his passion lies in working with survivors of sexual violence and trauma. As an outreach counselor, he firmly believes that our mission as helpers and advocates necessarily includes reaching out to underserved populations. He is excited to be part of an organization that aligns with his core values, and whose mission is reflected in his own orientation to the work of healing. He is an avid practitioner of mindfulness, and loves reading, nature, and spending time with his family, friends, and of course his dog, Margot.
Prevention Education Outreach Coordinator
Matt began as the Prevention Education Coordinator at Our VOICE in August of 2015. Prior to joining the Our VOICE staff, he was working towards his Masters degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. He began his professional career in Bolivia, South America as a Peace Corps volunteer working with teenagers and children at a boarding school for students that were survivors of abuse and violence. He called Bolivia home for nearly a decade, working in education and human rights initiatives with several different non-profit organizations. His dedication to peace and prevention education has brought him to Our VOICE. He is passionate about social justice and especially enjoys working with youth and LGBTQ populations. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, writing poetry, doing yoga and hanging out with his partner of eight years.
RPE Prevention Coordinator
Erin graduated with a BA in Anthropology & Sociology from Warren Wilson College, where she studied racism in the college environment. She began volunteering with Our VOICE in 2006. At this time she worked on the RISE Crew, addressing sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on the WWC campus. Her work on the RISE Crew included rape prevention & education, survivor support and advocacy, and anti-racism and social justice work. She is deeply passionate about ending sexual violence and finding new, innovative, and inclusive ways to do so. She has planned professional trainings, conscious parties, puppet shows, and writing workshops and is excited to work with the Asheville community to plan effective rape prevention programming. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Asheville, she enjoys spending time with her husband and brother and their dogs, hiking, watching movies, and going to poetry readings.
Robin relocated to the greater Asheville area in 2010 as an AmeriCorps VISTA at El Centro in Henderson County. After receiving her BA in Latin American Studies from Central College in Pella, Iowa, Robin moved to WNC ready to learn more about the immigration system and how it impacts members of the community. Empowering those experiencing marginalization and trauma became her main focus as her work expanded to serving with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as a wilderness therapy guide for adolescent girls and the Domestic Violence Screener and Follow-Up Navigator at Pisgah Legal Services. Understanding that the legal system can be a complicated and intimidating institution, Robin is happy to support survivors through their journey to seek justice. In her free time, Robin enjoys travel, hiking, yoga, and listening to podcasts.
Jerry K., MSW
Client Services Coordinator
Jerry moved here to Asheville in July of 2015 by way of Florida. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University, and became passionate about addressing sexual and domestic violence during graduate school while working as a research assistant for the Institute for Family Violence Studies. Jerry also worked closely with individuals and families experiencing homelessness when he interned at both the Big Bend Homeless Coalition and the Renaissance Community Center in Tallahassee, Florida. He is dedicated to social justice and passionate about ending both sexual violence and homelessness in our community. In his spare time Jerry enjoys practicing yoga, reading, live music, and traveling to spend time with family and friends.
Papillon D, LPCA
Contract 1-in-6 Program Counselor/Coordinator
Papillon interned at Our Voice from August 2014 to May 2015, while completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here in Asheville at Lenoir Rhyne University. He was hired in August 2015 as Counselor and “1 in 6” Project Coordinator, to work with men and male-indentified people. His B.A. is from Columbia College of Chicago, and upon graduation he traveled the country for seven years before settling in these mountains in 2010. Most folks call him Poppy which suits him just fine.
STOP Human Trafficking Coordinator
While attending the American University in Cairo, Mamie began working with refugees from Sudan. She continued on to resettle refugees from Iraq, Burma, and Nepal in Chicago. Her background also includes housing advocacy for homeless people with HIV and sex trafficking awareness through the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). She has a MS in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute. Since moving to Asheville in late 2015, Mamie would like to get back into playing the fiddle.